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Texas Chamber to Honor Hispanic Business Achievers

Oct. 7, 2011

Casey Murphy, Tyler Morning Telegraph, Texas

The Annual Hispanic Business Alliance Achievers Awards luncheon Tuesday will honor local businesses.

The Hispanic Business Alliance, is a program of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce and provides services and support to Hispanic businesses.

Price Arredondo, director of the Hispanic Business Alliance, said this is the organization's fifth year to recognize business owners who have been successful in their respective industries.

Two finalists for each of seven categories were chosen from 25 nominations. From the finalists, one person will receive the award for Restaurant, Contractor, Woman-Owned Business, Micro Business (in business less than three years), Established Business (in business for at least five years), Professional and Nonprofit.

The winners will be announced at the luncheon, set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Green Acres Baptist Church Crosswalk Conference Center, 1607 Troup Highway. The cost to attend is $35, and people can register by Monday at HBA2012@event


Finalists for Micro Business are Expert Auto Electric owner Juan Carlos Carrenio and Full Out Athletics owner Pedro Aparicio.

Established Business finalists are Morales Tax Service Owner Luis Morales and Beckham Boot & Shoe Repair owner Jose Lucio.

Restaurant finalists are Don Juan's owners Juan and Prisca Barron and Pollo Regio owner Manuel Mendez.

Finalists for Construction are Hernandez General Contractor owners Luis Hernandez Sr. and Luis Hernandez Jr. and Calvary Plumbing owner Noe Cedillo.

Woman-Owned Business finalists are Preferred Interpreters owner Norma Liliana Meeks and AVTEC Interiors owner Rosy Guzman.

Finalists for Professional are Gilbert Urbina, of the Hispanic American Association, and Elena Gomez, vice president of Austin Bank.

Finalists for Nonprofit are Ninos de Promesa and Programa de Alfabetizacion at Birdwell Elementary School.


The guest speaker will be Dr. Luis Haro, chief of emergency medicine at Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals & Clinics.

Haro held positions at the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., including instructor, chairman, trauma director and chairman of the Practice Management Committee.

Arredondo said Haro was born in and received most of his education in Mexico and struggled in the U.S. before entering his career path.

"He can certainly relate to a lot of these business owners," Arredondo said.

He said every year the event sees an increase in attendance, and he expects at least 400 people to attend.

Sponsors include Super 1 Foods-Brookshire's; Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals & Clinics; Merrill Lynch; Meads Wealth Management; Suddenlink; Mentoring Minds; First Alternative Fuel Inc.; Sherwin Williams; John Soules Foods; John Merrill State Farm; and Fourth Partner Foundation. For more information, call 903-592-1661, ext. 231.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

Source: (c) 2012 Tyler Morning Telegraph (Tyler, Texas)

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